Meg Ryan to make directorial debut with Ithaca
Story by Jack Foley
MEG Ryan is to make her directorial debut with a new film called Ithaca.
An adaptation of William Saroyan’s classic 1943 novel The Human Comedy, the film will also see Ryan taking one of the lead roles alongside an ensemble cast that includes Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith and Jack Quaid.
Tom Hanks, who memorably starred opposite Ryan in Sleepless in Seattle, will executive produce.
Set in a small town in California’s San Joaquin Valley in 1942, Ithaca will follow a 14-year-old teen named Homer Macauley who must learn to look after his widowed mother, older sister and his four-year-old brother Ulysses when his own older brother goes off to fight in World War II.
Being a telegraph bike messenger as well, Homer learns of the effects of the war via the messages of love, friendship, pain and death that he delivers – including one message that alters his own life forever.
Erik Jendresen, who worked with Hanks on the acclaimed HBO WWII mini-series Band of Brothers, has adapted the script.